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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals Take Guard, Cornerback In SB Nation's Latest

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Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman David DeCastro runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman David DeCastro runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NFL draft is just a few short weeks away, which means that from now until the actual draft rolls around, there will literally be tons of mock drafts coming out of the woodworks. In SB Nation's latest mock draft, the Bengals stick to the same positions, guard and cornerback, but select one of the more unpopular players in this year's draft class.

First, with the No. 17 overall pick, SB Nation predicts the Bengals will select...

Stanford guard David DeCastro.

The Bengals would reportedly love to have DeCastro as a replacement to the inconsistent Nate Livings. They get Cordy Glenn instead, and should be thrilled about it.

DeCastro is by far the best guard in this year's draft class and with the addition of Travelle Wharton and DeCastro alongside Andrew Whitworth, Kyle Cook and Andre Smith, the Bengals could have one of the better lines since the 2005 season.

Then, with the No. 21 overall pick, the Bengals select North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins has become an underdog player, in my opinion. Everyone wrings their hands about his off-field distractions and run-ins with the law, but they guy has been pretty forthcoming about it all. Jenkins, in reality, is the second-best corner in this draft. The Bengals will love his man-cover ability.

Jenkins has some off-field issues which will likely make his draft stock drop come draft day. He won't fall into the later rounds as somebody is sure to take a chance on this talented cornerback, but the question is whether or not that team would be the Bengals. They seem to have attempted to clean up their image lately, so I doubt they would want to bring in Jenkins if either Dre Kirkpatrick or Stephon Gilmore was still on the board.

What do you think of this mock draft?

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